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Safe Riding Programme helps cyclist overcome fear of getting back on the road

For most of you weekend warriors, you might think that given your background of riding an average 30km/hr on the road safely might excuse you from ever taking part in this session, but you’d be surprised at how much there is to learn about the safety rules on roads and shared pathways. Comprising of a theory and practical session, the Safe Riding Programme (SRP) aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to ride safely, ensuring harmonious journeys for yourself and other commuters. The programme is open to cyclists and users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) such as electric scooters. 

Recently injured from a bike accident, avid cyclist Chan Hwee Ling decided to go back to the basics to regain her road confidence through the SRP. 

“I’m pretty traumatised after my accident – I was too afraid to cycle anywhere. That’s when I decided I should participate in this in hopes that I’d get over that fear. But the obstacles turn out to be quite challenging than I thought it would be.”

 

Can you manoeuvre your way through at a walking pace?

Participants are required to cycle straight between cones at a walking speed.

 

SRP’s integrated circuit isn’t as easy as you might think. The practical test requires you to cycle at a walking speed through various obstacles and sharp turns not all could master.

“By manoeuvring your way through sharp turns at a really slow speed (while looking straight ahead at your surroundings), you will gradually become more comfortable and confident in your bike handling skills,” says Hwee Ling.

 

Participants are required to cycle in between the blue (right) and yellow (left) cones at walking speed

 

“I had a tough time doing the sharp turns and tend to get off my bike, but the key to doing it well isn’t by looking down at your feet but where you’re heading towards. By focusing on your peripheral vision (your surroundings), your body and bike will naturally flow towards that direction or away from danger.”

“With more practice on the PCN and shared pathways I think I can slowly get more comfortable to cycle on the road again,” said Hwee Ling.

 

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For commuters, it’s crucial to know the rules on different types of pathways

 

Familiarise with the rules off and on the road first

Tom, trainer from Asian Detours (left) conducting a theory lesson for participants

 

Before getting on the circuit, participants are required to attend a theory lesson on the rules to follow when on cycling paths, shared pathways and on the road. 

 

Know your device well. Before riding off, it’s important to have a safety check on your device.

 

Ensure that your rear light is secured tightly and works well.

 

They were also tested in the different scenarios that could happen when cycling on the road.

 

Tom demonstrating the dos and don’ts when turning right.

 

Cyclists should always keep left on roads. But in situations where you have to make a right turn, it’s best to station yourself visibly in the far right of the middle lane. After turning, you should then filter to the left once again. 

 

On-road cycling scenarios you should take note off

 

Find out more about the Safe Riding Programme and guidebook here!

To join an upcoming session or organise a session for your organisation/group, please contact the following appointed training providers:

Unique Speed Pte Ltd
Contact Person: Ms Hasnah
Contact Number: 9226 9239 / 6481 7016
Email: srp@saferiding.com.sg

Asian Detours Pte Ltd
Contact Person: Ms Juline Lyu

Contact Number: 9772 2071
Email: srp@asiandetours.com

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